Ishita Chatterjee

Dr, BSc Presidency, MPhil IGIDR, MA JNU, PhD Monash

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ishita Chatterjee joined the Economics Program at the UWA Business School in 2010 after completing her PhD from Monash University. She is an applied microeconomist with interest in industrial organisation, institutional economics, labour economics, demographic and development economics. Her current research focuses on human capital development and wellbeing of women and children.

Roles and responsibilities

Ishita is a member of the UWA Business School Education Committe and on the Board of Studies (Management and Commerce) since 2022.

She serves as a Moderator of Examinations and Marking for Economics units for the University of Western Australia Foundation Program offered by the Taylor’s College, Perth, WA, Jun 2010 onwards.

She served on the UWA Business School Research Committee 2014-2018 and was a committee member of the WA branch of the Economic Society of Australia, Nov 2011- March 2015, March 2017- August 2020.

She regularly acts as reviewer for international journals and has reviewed for several undergraduate economics textbooks.

She is an Honorary Fellow at the AustraliaIndia Institute at UWA.


Applied Microeconomics
Industrial Organisation
Development Economics

Current projects

"Investment in Public Schools and the Political Process in India", with Marie-Claire Robitaille, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA.

“Power of Contraception in Australia”, with Randall Cragun, Department of Economics and Finance, Niagara University, New York, USA.

“The Effect of Ambient Air Pollution on Altruistic Behaviour: Field Experiment Evidence from China and India”, with Simon Chang, UWA, and Yu Li, China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, CHINA.

“Informal Sector in India – A Study of Labour Market Corruption" with Ranjan Ray, Monash University, Australia and Seema Sangita, TERI University, New Delhi, INDIA.

"Degree recognition, network quality and the labour market outcomes of migrants", with Chris Parsons, UWA.

Future research

“R&D Competition and Piracy”, with Dyuti S Banerjee, Monash University, Australia.

Funding overview

2021 UWA Futures Fund Small Grants
2017 UWA Business School & BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Awards
2014 UWA Business School Research Development Award, UWA
2011 UWA Business School Research Development Award, UWA

Teaching overview


ECON5541 Economics for Business, Applications and Policy, 2011-2017.

ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy, 2018-2021.


ECON2245 Business Economics, 2022 -->

ECON3235 International Trade, 2021-->

ECON2233 Microeconomics, Policy and Applications, 2012 -2021.

ECON1102 Macroeconomics, Money and Finance, 2011-2014, 2017.

PhD Supervision at UWA

Completed - Troy S Barry (2019; coordinating supervisor)

Honours and Masters Supervision at UWA

Completed (Honours) -

A Talero Solorza (2020); A Thompson, S Reed and K Jeffery (2018); V K R Busireddy (2017); M Nelmes (2016); B Mifflin, A Phillimore and B Ong (2015); J Lim and L Tait (2014); C Buckley (2011).

Completed (Masters) -

E Foley (2021), J Fan (2017), A H Pathiranage and C S K Koralalage (2016); Z Khan (2015).


English (Fluent), Bengali (Native), Hindi (Spoken)

Previous positions

Tutor, Monash Uni, VIC, Australia,2007-2009
Research Assistant, Monash Uni, VIC, Australia, 2006-2010
Data Analyst, Evalueserve Private Limited, India, 2005-2006

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University

Apr 2006Jan 2010

Award Date: 3 May 2010

M.Phil, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research


Award Date: 11 Dec 2006

MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Award Date: 3 Oct 2002

BSc, Presidency University, Kolkata


Award Date: 16 Mar 2000

Research expertise keywords

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Development Economics
  • Crime And Corruption
  • Family And Institutional Economics
  • Applied microeconomics
  • Wellbeing
  • Labour Economics
  • Institutions
  • Demographic Economics
  • Human Capital
  • Gender
  • Education and development


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